Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two-stars)
Director Subhash Kapoor comes back a little over two years after Phas Gaye Re Obama with yet another satire in the form of Jolly LLB which promises to be a takeoff on the legal system in the country. This film stars Arshad Warsi in the titular role along with Boman Irani and Amrita Rao in lead roles. Music of the film has been composed by Krsna of Tanu Weds Manu fame with lyrics by the director himself. Krsna’s music played an important part in ensuring the success of Tanu Weds Manu and as such expectations are pretty high this time around too. It is with this hope that one starts listening to this album.
Jhooth Boliya – Jolly LLB Music Review
The opening track of this album is Jhooth Boliya with vocals by Kamal Khan. This satirical song reinforces the theme of the film in typical Punjabi style. Kamal has done a very good job with the rendition with Vayu partnering with Kapoor for the lyrics. The song is pretty much foot-tapping and seems to have all the ingredients to make it a super hit though it does leave the listener with a sense of déjà vu. Furthermore there is a remix version of the song which makes it all the more danceable in line with the demands of the party circuit.
Daaru Peeke Nachna – Jolly LLB Music Review
Daaru Peeke Nachna is next in line and it is Mika Singh & Shreya Ghoshal behind the mike this time around. Both the composition & the lyrics are strictly average and Mika does a satisfactory job of a song which falls under familiar territory for him. Shreya is heard very little in this track and one does end up wishing to hear more of her beautiful voice. This is yet another number that has a remix version and has Mika behind the mike but without female accompaniment. The lyrics of the second stanza have been modified but the song, especially as a remix does not really work since it ends up having a jarring effect on the listener. Not recommended.
Mere to L Lag Gaye – Jolly LLB Music Review
Mere to Law Lag gaye follows Daaru Peeke Nachna and Bappi Lahiri is back with his natural flamboyance & exuberance in this fun filled number about the struggles of the lead star on becoming a lawyer. The humorous lyrics and Bappida’s playful singing makes this song an enjoyable one. The “Aau” sound that he makes intermittently through the song is highly entertaining and one ends up humming the same. This track too has another version which is essentially the same as the former one except that it starts out as Mere to L Lag Gaye and is equally enjoyable mainly because of Bappida’s unique singing style.
Ajnabi – Jolly LLB Music Review
The penultimate song is Ajnabi penned by Subhash Kapoor himself and has been sung by Mohit Chauhan & Shreya Ghoshal. Now this is a pair on which one has high expectations since both are supremely talented & versatile and one does expect a quality song from them. But, Ajnabi falls short of expectations though it is not exactly bad. It sounds strictly average especially the antara portion though the mukhda does sound good. Mohit does not seem to be totally in his element but Shreya manages to make an impact as usual. This duet sounds more entertaining than romantic and is not exactly mind-blowing which is a little bit of a letdown.
Hans Ki Chaal – Jolly LLB Music Review
Hans Ki Chaal is the final song of the album and has vocals by Kailash Kher with the lyrics once again being penned by the director himself. The thought provoking lyrics have been given a humorous touch, which seems to have become some sort of a pattern in this entire soundtrack and has been given a folksy flavor. It has been sung extremely well by Kailash Kher, yet the track isn’t that appealing per se. In fact it sounds more like a situation specific song and hopefully must sound much better with the visuals.
The Last Word – Jolly LLB Music Review
Overall, Jolly LLB has an average soundtrack with Jhooth Boliya and Mere to Law Lag Gaye definitely standing out among the others. But even these tracks do not have the ‘it’ factor that will help them in having a lasting impact on the listener. Although it is a given that music plays only a support role in theme based movies such as this, purely from a music lover point of view, Jolly LLB proves to be a disappointment. And especially so because Krsna has not lived up to the promise that he showed in his debut film which surely is a letdown.